U.S. Accuses Security Background Check Firm Of Fraud
The Justice Department on Wednesday accused the government's largest private security background check contractor of defrauding the country of millions of dollars by methodically filing more than 660,000 flawed background investigations—40% of the cases it sent to the government over a four-year period. Prosecutors accused former top US Investigations Services LLC executives of directing improper practices that became a subject of internal jokes among company officials who helped secure millions of dollars in bonuses from the U.S. government. The company performed the background checks on Edward Snowden and Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.
Futures Flat With S&P 500 Near Record Levels
U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Monday, as investors looked ahead to the latest economic data and corporate earnings to give direction to a market near record levels. While merger and acquisition activity gave investors a reason to buy, there have been a number of high-profile earning disappointments this quarter, including from Amazon.com and Caterpillar. Those results have pointed to weak conditions for market-moving bellwethers, even as more companies than usual have beaten analyst expectations for both earnings and revenue this quarter.
London Transport Network Finally Opening Up To Contactless Mobile Payments
London has had a dedicated contactless payment travelcard, called Oyster, for over a decade — offering a smarter alternative to paper ticketing that can hold a balance and cap daily and weekly travel costs. But change is coming. From September, London’s public transport network will be accepting contactless bank cards for payment--such as those on mobile smartphone handsets.
Man Dies After Lightning Hits California Beach
Authorities said, a 20-year-old man died after lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm jolted a Southern California beach, injuring or rattling more than a dozen people. Witnesses said they saw a glare of light and heard a tremendous boom as lightning struck the water off of Venice Beach around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Swimmers cooling off on a muggy day, volleyball players on the sand and people strolling the famous boardwalk were jolted. Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz said, a 20-year-old man was taken from the beach to a hospital where he died. His identity was not immediately released.
Did Liam Payne Take A Full-Frontal Nude Pic? Hopeful Fans Drool!
One Direction singer Liam Payne looked nude in a recent Instagram picture—but was he really naked?! Commenting on the pixelated pic, the seemingly bottomless star wrote, "Damn that was my last pair!" The sexy snapshot sent 1D fans into a frenzy, and before long, "#Uncensoritliam" was trending on Twitter. One fan commented, "THE 10 INCH IS REAL," while another fan echoed, "#WeWantToSee11inchLiam." Payne obliged seven hours later, when he posted the unaltered photograph on Instagram. The 20-year-old pop star was indeed covered in some bathing trunks, proving it was a prank. Liam joked, "Oh, I found them never mind." Still, those were some tiny trunks—they're bound to make some 1D fans happy!
Apple’s Beats Acquisition Gets Approval From The European Commission
Apple has the green light to proceed with its acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music from the European Commission . Both companies do indeed sell headphones in the EU, which is part of the motivation behind the scrutiny, but Apple and Beats don’t hold a sizeable combined market share of the headphone category in Europe, the Commission determined, and the types of hardware they sell is too varied to be considered closely competitive. Apple still needs approval to go a head with the deal in the U.S., but that’s expected to come through for similar reasons that the deal was accepted in the U.S.
Dollar Tree To Buy Family Dollar
U.S. discount store chain Dollar Tree Incorporated offered to buy rival Family Dollar Stores Incorporated for an enterprise value of about $9.2 billion. Dollar Tree's offer of $74.50 per share in cash and stock represents a premium of about 23 percent over Family Dollar's close of $60.66 on Friday.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Trailer: Get Your First Look At Julianne Moore And Natalie Dormer
The trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1" debuted at Comic-Con in San Diego, California, Friday, and now the minute-long clip is available online. The video gives the first glimpse of the two-part finale. The video begins with President Alma Coin, played by Julianne Moore, debating whether Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, is too damaged to be the leader of the rebellion. Adding a bit of buzz, the trailer also gives fans their first look at Cressida, played by "Game of Thrones" star Natalie Dormer. In the trailer, District 13 hacks the Capitol's feed and Katniss is asked by a District member, "Are you here to fight with us?" Katniss replies, "I am. I will." "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1" opens in theaters on Nov. 21st.
Amazon Launches A 3D Printing Store With Customizable Goods
TechCrunch reports that Amazon has launched a new store for 3D-printed goods, which include items that can be customized to change their size, color, material and even aspects of their design. Amazon Marketplace Sales director Petra Schindler-Carter said in a press release announcing the new storefront, “The introduction of our 3D Printed Products store suggests the beginnings of a shift in online retail – that manufacturing can be more nimble to provide an immersive customer experience.
Official: Ebola Kills Senior Doctor In Liberia
Officials said Sunday, one of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in West Africa — the largest ever recorded. Dr. Samuel Brisbane was treating Ebola patients at the country's largest hospital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Monrovia, when he fell ill. He died Saturday, said Tolbert Nyenswah, an assistant health minister.